The Cougars and Razorbacks entered the final frame knotted at 31.
Arkansas came up empty on its opening possession with its 49-yard field goal attempt doinking off the upright. The errant kick followed key tackles-for-loss from Nelson, Tooley and Heckard.
Following the field goal miss, BYU set up its offense and converted on consecutive 3rd downs. Kingston began the clutch play, slipping out of a tackler's grasp and moving the sticks. Plays later, Slovis stepped up in the collapsing pocket and ran up the middle for the 1st down.
A connection with Keelan Marion deep in Arkansas territory set up BYU in goal-to-go, where Slovis slung it to Roberts. The sophomore receiver made a remarkable catch, adjusting to the ball and snagging it with one hand at full extension, while keeping both feet in bounds. It was good for the SportsCenter Top-10 No. 1 play of the day. The touchdown put BYU up 38-31 with eight minutes to play.
Minutes later the BYU defense would again corral the Razorbacks and record a takeaway. On 3rd and 7 from the Arkansas 42, Heckard swarmed Jefferson, stripping the ball away and leading to a Batty fumble recovery.
The Cougars’ ensuing drive ended in a missed 50-yard field goal, returning the ball to Arkansas with 1:55 left.
BYU’s pass rush finished the game strong, plowing through the Razorback protection and forcing a sack, hold and two incompletions. The backfield pressure milked the clock, stalled and ultimately ended Arkansas’ comeback effort.
BYU remains on the road next week for its first ever, in-conference Big 12 Conference game. The Cougars will face Kansas at 2:30 p.m. CDT on Sept. 23. Watch BYU and the Jayhawks on ESPN or listen live on BYU Radio SiriusXM/BYU Radio App/KSL 102.7 FM/1160 AM.